Sea shells sensory bottle can help children (and adults) calm down and unwind. The falling shells and gentle motion can relieve anxiety as the shells slowly swirl to the bottom of the bottle.
Sensory bottles are also great for no mess safe sensory play. This sensory bottle would be the perfect way for babies and toddlers to safely investigate shells without the risk of choking on them.
For more information about sensory bottles and their uses check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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Sea Shells Sensory Bottle
Sea Shells Sensory Bottle Materials
- Voss Water Bottle (These are our favorite bottles to use)
- Goo Gone
- Sea Shells (There is enough to make this bottle and a few of these shell flowers and/or shell handprint keepsakes.
- Blue food coloring or liquid watercolor paint. (I used turq-blue liquid watercolor.)
- Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap
- Gorilla Super Glue
Sea Shells Sensory Bottle Directions
1. Peel off sticker. Use Goo Gone to remove sticky residue.
2. Empty and/or drink water in Voss bottle.
3. Clean 1/3 – 1/2 cup of sea shells and place into the bottle. (Soak and rinse the shells well so there are no broken shell pieces or other particles remaining.)
4. Pour 1/4 – 1/2 cup of tap water into the bottle.
5. Place a couple drops of blue food coloring or liquid watercolor into the bottle.
6. Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with clear liquid hand soap. You want to fill it all the way to the top so there is no air in it.
7. Place lid on the bottle and shake it up. (It will be a bit murky for a few hours until the contents mix and settle.)
That’s it… Simple!
Play with your sea shells sensory bottle for a day or two to make sure you like the way it moves. If you want the shells to move faster add more water. If you want them to move slower add some more clear liquid hand soap.
Once you are happy with it glue on the lid and hand it over to your kids. Unless you’re keeping it for yourself of course. 😉
Sensory bottles like this slow falling sea shells sensory bottle are commonly used to help calm an overwhelmed child, as a “time out” timer, or as a meditation technique for children. They are just as effective for adults.
Discovery bottles are also great for no mess safe sensory play. They are the perfect way for babies and toddlers to safely investigate small objects like shells without the risk of choking on them.
To learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Discovery Bottles Blog Hop
This post is a part of the monthly Discovery Bottles Blog Hop. Head on over to see all of the other nature inspired bottles made this month by the blogs below!
- Vegetable Garden Discovery Bottle | Sunny Day Family
- Desert Flower Discovery Bottle | Preschool Inspirations
- How to Make an Earthy Explorations Soil Discovery Bottle | One Time Through
- Simple Spring Nature Sensory Bottles | Lemon Lime Adventures
- Calming Nature Sensory Bottle | Sugar Aunts
- Citrus Themed Nature Discovery Bottle | Where Imagination Grows
- Spring Backyard Nature Discovery Bottle | Little Bins For Little Hands
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